Patricia Maxin

January 5, 1938November 5, 2018

Patricia F. (Sturm) Maxin, age 80, of McCandless Township, formerly of Hazelwood, passed away on Monday, November 5, 2018. Beloved wife of sixty years to Paul M. Maxin. Loving mother of Steve and Mark Maxin; sister of Barbara (Homer) Mehring and the late Carol Baumgartner. Family and friends will be received on Friday, November 9, 2018, from 2-4 & 6-8 PM at the H.P. Brandt Funeral Home, Inc., (Ross Township), 412-364-4444. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, November 10, 2018, at 10:30 AM at St. John Neumann Church. Burial will follow in Resurrection Cemetery. Pat was Salutatorian at St. Rosalia, Class of 1956. She taught guitar for 46 years at CCAC North. Pat loved to learn and requested in lieu of flowers memorial donations be made to Pittsburgh Public Television (WQED) or the Northland Public Library. Condolences may be shared at


  • Visitation Friday, November 9, 2018
  • Visitation Friday, November 9, 2018
  • Mass of Christian Burial Saturday, November 10, 2018

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Kelly Koble

November 28, 2018

I am a better person for knowing Pat. I only recently started taking guitar lessons with her but her passion, kindness and humor will stay with me forever. One of my favorite memories is when Pat helped me write a song for my elementary students in the tune of Mr Roger’s “Its such a Good Feeling”. I will continually think of Pat when I play this song to my students.

With a grateful heart,
Kelly Koble

Frank Barone

November 10, 2018

God broke the mold when he created Pat Maxin and what a beautiful mold it was. A kinder more lovable human being you will not find on the planet.
Many thanks to Pat for teaching me the guitar and being the matriarch of our Pat's People Guitar Family. She also taught me through her actions that being a good person is still a good thing in this world. The environment of niceness she created in class made good times and fun inevitable. I will always cherish the fond memories we had together. It was a special time.
Mucho Love..Mucho Peace..Mucho Thanks and Mucho Kudos to you my
rock and roll Aunt Pat!

To quote the chorus of my song
An Apple for our Teacher Pat:

"Pat Max-in
Keeps teaching to the max-i-mum"
and she always will ...
in my heart...forever...amen.

Anna Seifert

November 9, 2018

My sympathy to Paul, Steve, Mark, Barbara & Homer ... Pat was a very special lady.
May memories bring you much comfort and gentle smiles.

I will be forever thankful to have had the fortunate opportunity to know Pat.
Attending Pat's class was the bright spot of each week. Pat had so much enthusiasm and encourage each of her students to always try something new.
Pat's gentle persuasion and support brought out the confidence in all her students. From very young children to many-years-retired-adults, Pat somehow was able to mold together instruction plans with popular songs and music theory that held the interest of all.
And Pat shows us that one is never too old to try something new ! Pat clearly knew everything about Guitar ... then challenged herself to successfully learn harmonica, ukulele, and mandolin ... so well that many students were able to learn those instruments, too.
Pat was one-of-a-kind. Pat loved her Family and all the Friends she made throughout the years.
EVERYONE loved Pat ! I, like so many, will miss Pat terribly.
Until we meet again, Patricia.

Mark Seifert

November 9, 2018

My wife decided to start playing guitar and signed up for a class at CCAC North. It was there she began her friendship with Pat which lasted many years and through many adventures and quiter class shows. God doesn't make many like Pat. She is one of a kind and I am glad and better for having known her.
We will see her again.

Teresa Heusey

November 7, 2018

I had the good fortune to meet Pat and her husband, Paul at the gym, where I was a SilverSneakers instructor. Pat was a very dedicated member. She worked hard to increase her muscular strength and bone density, telling me she had measurably increased her bone density. She was my inspiration. Pat was humble and only had kind things to say about others. It brightened my day to see her at the gym.

My brother played guitar with Pat, and I remember attending one of her shows at Borders on McKnight Road. I was so proud of her for staying engaged and active, and continuing to teach into her later years.

Pat was truly one-of-a-kind, and it was a privilege to know her. My sympathy goes out to her family and many friends. I will always remember her with joy in my heart.

Donna Hieber

November 7, 2018

I remember how proud it made me to be a Sturm girl ; when I went to St Rosalia’s High School and nuns would say such nice things about Carol, Pat and Barbara,
and that I had a lot to live up to - so I did my best.
Pat was a beautiful person who shared her gift of music , and that gift she gave her students will keep on giving on and on to other generations.
We’ll always love and miss you, Pat .

George McGee

November 7, 2018

A sweet, caring, and talented teacher who seemed to make everyone in her class feel special. It was a privilege to be her student and an honor to be her friend.

George Bender

November 7, 2018

I just wanted to express my sadness at the passing of Pat. I attended her guitar classes over the past couple of years. I can truly say that because of Pat's encouragement and supportive approach to teaching guitar, I am now performing with two other gentlemen in the community. We are all older and call ourselves "Better Late Than Never." I am sure that all of her guitar students have stories about how her teaching approach impacted them as well. She was a very special person. We carry her memory with us as we perform for others.
George Bender

David York

November 6, 2018

I was privileged to be a part of Pat’s guitar class at CCAC for a few years. She was an excellent teacher and created such a warm and relaxing environment. I am very thankful that I was able to be a part of her class, and I will miss her. Her kind heart and generous spirit impacted many.

sandy velte

November 6, 2018

I also was a student in Pat's guitar classes for several years. She made everyone feel comfortable, whatever their skill level was. She was funny and we were all one big family to her that liked to get together and play music. Whether she was leading the group on guitar, or whipping out her harmonica to accompany someone else, she made class fun and that was why "her people" came back year after year. She was a treasure that was taken too soon and will be missed by so many. Thanks Pat, may you enjoy eternal peace and happiness.